Maeve Budi, US

Maeve completed her BSc in Polymer and Fiber Chemistry in 2012 at Clemson University, then continued on to the University of Florida where she is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering with Dr Jennifer Andrew. Maeve's research focuses on developing multiferroic nanomaterials for electronic applications. She recently won the best poster presentation award at the 2015 University of Florida Biomaterials Day.

In addition to her research, Maeve is particularly involved in outreach programs that seek to stimulate interest in materials science and engineering in elementary through high school aged students. During her time at the University of Florida she has helped to design and teach two seminar series for high school students and has also developed an outreach program for elementary and middle school students, introducing them to the concepts and applications of nanotechnology.

Lead-free multiferroic nanocomposites: A platform to expand multiferroic applications

Multiferroic composites have numerous electronic applications such as high sensitivity magnetic field sensors and tunable electronic filters. However, many of the most effective materials used in magnoelectronic devices are lead based. This results in health hazards during production, environmental hazards during use and greatly limits the potential application of these materials. Other electronic materials, such as piezoelectronics, have moved toward lead-free alternatives and multiferroics are following suit. While examining the lead-free multiferroic composites, a further method of property enhancement can be employed through the utilization of nanoscale magnoelectric structures. Multiferroic nanocomposites, particularly multiferroic nanofibres, allow for unique control of composite phase distributions impractical in their bulk counterparts. Lead-free multiferroic nanocomposite materials provide a promising route towards a new generation of multiferroic materials, opening the door for new potential applications.

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